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Simple & Perfect Zucchini Radish Salad with Feta

Zuccini Radish Salad I want to stick with simple for as long as I can.

Only summer vegetables offer the possibility of a meal coming together in less than 5 minutes. Potatoes? Nope, don’t like eating them raw even though my grandpa did. Other root veggies, nada, though some are delicious grated raw on a salad like carrots, beets and even celeriac. Lentils and braised meats (as amazing as they are) take time. And though they all have their place, I definitely want to take advantage of this simple time before I start to crave hot soups, stews and braised meats.

Now before you scroll down any further, please don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you. It’s so good in fact, I made it again for lunch!

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By on September 10, 2013 in Appetizer, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian, Zucchini 1

Simple Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Peas and Dill

Strawberry Quinoa Salad 3The real beauty of cooking in the summer is that it is almost effortless. There are so many vegetables and fruits to be enjoyed at the peak of their vibrancy, that very little cooking, prepping or fussiness is required. Don’t get me wrong, I love a braised beef recipe or slow cooked Bolognese. But I revel in the effortless masterpieces one can create with simple seasonal ingredients. It’s vibrant food at it’s best, doing all the work! There’s no need for heavy sauces or complicated salad dressings to mask the taste of “less than fresh” vegetables.

Take this summer strawberry quinoa salad for example. With summer still clinging onto every cell, the peas, strawberries and dill come from a local organic farm I recently stumbled across in this neck of the woods (the boreal to be exact). They had a bounty of fruits and vegetables for me to pick from, I literally could NOT take a selection of everything home. Since strawberries were just coming off their second field and the peas looks ready to eat on the spot they were my first choice and in essence the inspiration for this effortless salad.

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By on September 3, 2013 in Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Popular Feasts, Quinoa, Recipes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian 7

Healthy Herbed White Bean and Olive Salad

 

White Bean Salad with olives

I don’t often talk about the specific health benefits of the ingredients I use in my recipes, but I felt I needed to “sell” it a bit. There’s nothing real sexy about white beans, but this salad is light, filling and surprisingly tasty in its simplicity. But wait til you hear how good it is for you.

Health Benefits!

This power house of a salad is high in fiber, protein and iron. All due to the mighty little white bean. In 1 cup of beans, you’ll get 75 % of your required fiber, 30% of your protein and 24 % of your iron! Now that’s one packed little bean. It’s one of my favorites because it’s inexpensive (love that part) and easy to find at any super market. It also has a mild taste which makes it’s easy to incorporate into recipes. Want to know more? Click Here.

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By on July 2, 2013 in Appetizer, Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, White Beans 11

Radishes and Fresh Fennel

Fennel Radish Pear Pecan Salad
As you may have noticed from posts like the one about the Roasted Red Pepper Jam or the very versatile Quinoa Salad, I like recipes that do more than one thing. When we’re talking about the kitchen, there’s only one thing I like better than an amazing tasting meal. That is my love of an amazing tasting meal that comes together in minutes. Usually that is made possible by allowing my efforts in the kitchen to do double duty.

Now, at first marinated radishes and fennel may not seem like much, but you’ll be amazed at what you can do with a recipe that takes 5 minutes of prep time. So please don’t abandon this recipe just yet. It has plenty of room to wow.

Once the prep is done, these babies sit in the fridge (or your picnic basket) and time does the rest of the work. Brilliant!

 “I love work. I could watch it all day long.”

If it is not immediately obvious what you can do with this little diddy, let me elaborate.

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By on June 21, 2013 in Appetizer, Blog, Dairy Free, Fennel, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian 7

Magically Versatile Any Time of Day Quinoa Salad

Ho hum quinoa to delicious meals

This time of the year is tricky, because it is CRAZY. Crazy busy!

When things get nutso, I make this quinoa salad. It’s like your favorite convertible bra, except with food. With a few easy switches of a strap it can go with any outfit or in this case, a few veggies or sauce.

When time is short, I make one hardy, flavorful “thing” that I can eat at breakfast, lunch or dinner. In this particular case, a salad. Yes, salad for breakfast. Stick with me, I’ll explain.

On May long weekend, when the camping season officially starts, forest fire potential goes up. Mostly because as humans we can be a little dumb. It’s true. In Canada at least, people want to get out in the back woods, go fishing, camp, have fires (no explanation required), drive quads (they do indeed start fires) through the forest, which in turn means higher potential for fires. Mostly because the grass is still dead and the stuff lights up like cheap whiskey.

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By on May 21, 2013 in Blog, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Quinoa, Recipes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian 8

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